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The Isabel Factor

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  24 reviews
When the fearless Zoe breaks her arm in a fall, Anna must brave summer camp -- and her debut as a Counselor In Training -- without her best friend. Going it alone is not something Anna is ready for. Cruising along in Zoe's shadow had been comfortable, but now Anna is out in the full glare of the sun. There's no hiding from harsh truths and plenty of people to point them ou...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Kids Can Press
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From the beginning i was hooked on this book.Friesen does a good job putting you into the situation that Anna is in with her best friend, Zoe. I personally would recommend this book to anybody, its a heartwarming story about two best friends getting separated that were together forever to learn to be without one another.

The first impression i got of Zoe was that she was wild and willing to anything and not afraid at all..on the other hand Anna seemed to be on the other side of the spectrum. Th...more
Eh. That's what I thought of this book. It was just eh. I read it in a few days, not because I couldn't put it down, but because I just wanted to finish it so I could get onto my next book. I liked the plot, and how it was set at summer camp. And I do think that the book had a good message, but I just couldn't get into it. Anna seemed a little annoying, and Isabel seemed just like her best friend Zoe, except a little more outgoing. There wasn't any romance in this novel, which was probably one o...more
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I enjoyed reading the sweet story, that was surprisingly fairly original, though very predictable. (Summer camp, really?) I sat down and read it in one sitting, and didn't ever really feel obligated to stop, I just wasn't very taken with it.

But, I will say that main reason I even picked up the book was the descriptive and well written chapters, so that did make up a little for the average story.
Okay, so maybe I'm a little biased since my name is Isabel and my sister's name is Anna, but I really liked this book. A lot.

I thought it was a fun book but I don't remember a lot about it, I read it a year ago--don't know why I'm doing a review just now! It was really good though.

I suggest reading it.
Mar 06, 2011 Klymene rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Shelves: unfinished
I originally checked out this book to read to my little sister with the same name. I was very disappointed to see all the swear words in the text. This was hardly an appropriate book for her. The story was very bland, and kind of predictable. All in All, I was very disappointed in the quality of this book.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the realization that isabel brings with her, her blunt attitude, just how real she is compared to the pretend attitude of the main character and her best friend. I loved the lessen isabel tought to the main character... i enjoyed reading this book.
This book has some language. So be warned.
It was a cute book about friends -- one always has to win and then finally that's not enough for the loser. It's about being okay with who you are and learning the group doesn't have to rule and isn't necessarily right.
Sep 24, 2010 Edriam added it
this book really taught me alot about friendship, it actuali hhelped me identify my real self. i see myself as anna because i am always trying to please others and i never want anything bad to be said about me. i guess this book talks about majurity.
really good, about a girl and her friend (zoe) who are CIT's at a camp, and zoe can't go for the first couple weeks, and then anna (the main character) meets isabel, and zoe and anna's friendship changes. READ
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A great book that is really touching. A book definately for tweens. It's about girls going to a camp. A perfect book about friendship, keeping the old but making new.
Mei-Mei Chang
It was pretty bland and predictable. Stereotypical summer camp, over-used friendship story situation.
Oct 03, 2011 Isabel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Isabel by: Lisa Taylor
This was a very good book. I didn't piick it out my friend did!

Thank You Lisa!!!!!
This book is just amazing! I loved it... and got REALLY sad when I finished it!
It was a great book to see how friends can work through difficult situations.
Sutthida Vonn
I thought that this was a good book. It teaches you about friendship.
i really liked this book....but for some reason i wish it had gone on longer
Honour Book for the CLA Young Adult Book Award in 2006.
May 26, 2008 Tlewis added it
this is such a funny book! i love te writting style!
Great summer

read. Makes me wish I was at camp.
I did not like this book. In fact, I hated it.
Liked this book a lot, very funny :)
cute book, terrible cover
Ceci Rodriguez
This book was great!
I loved it!!!!!!
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